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Msgr. Kubart served in the archdiocese 67 years


Msgr. Francis Kubart

Msgr. Francis Kubart, a native of Atkinson who was a strong supporter of Catholic education and served 67 years in the prieshood, died Oct. 30. He was 92.

Msgr. Kubart’s funeral Mass was Nov. 3, with Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss presiding, at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. A second visitation will be held at St. Joseph Church in Atkinson from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3, and a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4, also at St. Joseph Church, with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Retired Father Donald Cleary will preside at the memorial Mass in Atkinson, and retired Msgr. James Gilg will be the homilist.

Ordained in 1949, Msgr. Kubart was assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk from 1949 to 1953, and St. Mary Parish in Omaha from 1953 to 1959. His first assignment as pastor was of St. John the Baptist Parish of rural Clearwater from 1959 to 1963.

He served as pastor at seven other parishes: St. John the Baptist in Petersburg from 1963 to 1969, St. John the Baptist in Fordyce from 1969 to 1970, then-St. Richard in Omaha from 1970 to 1975, St. Boniface in Stuart from 1975 to 1986, St. Boniface in Monterey and St. Anthony in St. Charles Township from 1986 to 1991, and St. Mary in Leigh from 1991 until his retirement in 1999.

He was named a monsignor in 2001.

Msgr. Kubart also taught in Catholic high schools and was a member of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, associate director of the Archdiocesan Rural Life Commission, and member and dean of the Priests’ Council.

Msgr. Kubart retired from active ministry in 1999 but continued to serve, hearing confessions and offering Mass at parishes and assisted living facilities in Omaha, including the St. John Vianney Residence.

Msgr. Kubart attended then-St. Joseph High School in Atkinson and Creighton University in Omaha. He also studied at St. Lawrence College in Mount Calvary, Wis., Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., and Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

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